Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada has been on television thousands of times over his eight-year Major League career. Saturday, however, is not an average television appearance.
Tejada will make his first appearance on "This Week in Baseball" on Saturday before the Orioles take on the Red Sox on FOX. Tejada has watched numerous teammates host the show over the years, and he has been somewhat envious.
Now, the three-time All-Star gets his opportunity.
"I am very excited to finally get the chance," Tejada said. "I was a little nervous because I have never hosted a television show before. But I think it will be great."
In addition to Tejada hosting the next episode of "This Week in Baseball," presented by Pepsi, Beyond the Fence jams with Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, and in Pepsi Pitch, Hit & Run, Jennie Finch "picks it" with Mets first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz. From The Vaults, presented by Chevrolet, remembers 19-time All-Star Cal Ripken, Jr. for his legendary streak on its 10-year anniversary, and in How 'Bout That, presented by Gatorade, the top moments of the week are set to the sounds of the single "Kiss Me Goodbye" from Johnathan Rice.
"This Week in Baseball" airs each Saturday on FOX and is repeated throughout the week on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, New England Sports Network, Comcast Sportsnet West and Channel 4 San Diego.
Tejada played six years with the A's and watched teammates such as Jason Giambi and Tim Hudson host the show. He was grateful for the opportunity.
"I know everybody watches the show, and a lot of baseball fans," Tejada said. "I just want to be funny, and I think it will be. I hope I do a good job."
Gary Washburn is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.